There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable, for in politics there is no honour.
To expect that politicians should always tell the truth, keep their bargains and not subvert the public trust is probably too idealistic.
Perhaps the only important thing is that they should not be so indifferent as to be caught out.
All's fair in love, war and politics.
But the argument is certainly one of ethics, though the threshold is not necessarily an absolute, but rather one where people might say, "They have gone too far
A number of recent crises in foreign affairs has raised considerable alarm, as well as a resurgence in the ethics of international relations.
The war in Iraq is the latest case in point, with the questions surrounding
Iraq's putative missing weapons of mass destruction taking on added urgency.
Where are the massive stockpiles of VX, mustard and other nerve agents that
we were told Saddam Hussein was hoarding? Where are the thousands of gallons of
botulinim toxin? Where are the components of his nuclear aresenal?
The stark reality is that two months after the fall of Baghdad, the United
States, together with its allies, has yet to find any physical evidence of those
Could they be buried underground? Were they destroyed before hostilities? Have
they been shipped out of the country? Do they actually exist?
Equally important, how reliable were the claims of the Coalition of the Willing
that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction posed a clear and present danger to the
international order, so much so that a preventive war was justified?
Today, it is clear that not only was the intelligence on which these claims
were based was doubtful, but also that our political leaders probably lied to
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